The Trussell Trust: Foodbank use tops one million for the first time

Blog post written by Tom Owen, volunteer at LVSC Despite aggregate economic growth of 3% in the last year (ONS 2015) there is evidence to suggest that those on low incomes are struggling more than ever. The latest figures published by the Trussell Trust (TT) indicate that more than 1,000,000 people in the last year [Read more]

London Living Wage raised to £9.15 per hour for 2014 (up 4% on last year)

GLA Economics, A Fairer London: The 2014 Living Wage in London (PDF) The GLA has announced the new calculation for the London Living Wage for 2014 at £9.15 per hour. That’s a 4.0 per cent increase on the 2013 wage. The GLA report linked to above sets out how the Living Wage is calculated: …we calculate [Read more]

Trust for London event report on pay progression calls for integrated back-to-work and pay progression support

Trust for London, What can we do to support people to move out of low-paid work? open Space Event Report (PDF, 3MB) Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to Trust for London’s open space event on low pay and progression in September. Trust for London have now produced a report on the event. It [Read more]

UKCES and DWP seek employer-led proposals to support progression for low-income retail and hospitality staff

From the UK Commission for Employment and Skills: UK Futures Programme: Progression and Pathways in Hospitality and Retail competition brief Prospectus for the progression pathways in retail and hospitality competition, the third competition of the UK Futures Programme (PDF, 681KB, 4 pages) The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) alongside the Department for Work and [Read more]

Open Space Event: What can we do to support people to move out of low-paid work? (16 Sep 2014)

Work Progression Event Flyer (16 Sep 2014) (PDF) What can we do to support people to move out of low-paid work? An Open Space Event Tuesday 16th September, 9.30am-4.30pm Lambeth Town Hall, London SW2 1RW Research shows 570,000 Londoners have been stuck in low pay for at least a year and the number in low pay [Read more]

TSRC briefing: International insights into job creation in the social economy

From the Third Sector Research Centre: There has been much political interest in the role of the social economy, or third sector, in providing jobs and supporting vulnerable people into the workforce. Although social economy organisations (SEOs) make a significant contribution to employment, jobs in the social economy are often precarious and low paid. Many SEOs, [Read more]

Campaign to end unpaid internships in the voluntary sector

Unite is calling for an end to unpaid internships in the voluntary sector and the re-introduction of paid entry level jobs. A new report Unpaid Internships in the Voluntary Sector argues that unpaid internships are on the increase. They are becoming the fastest growing source of abuse under the National Minimum Wage regulations: Unpaid internships aren’t [Read more]

London Assembly launch investigation into low pay and the London living wage

The London Assembly’s Economy Committee has launched a new investigation into low pay in London and the London living wage. The Committee is seeking to establish the extent of low pay in the capital and identify those groups most at risk from persistent low pay. It will examine the current uptake of the living wage [Read more]

In-work support and conditionality: LESPN response to DWP consultation

LVSC responded to DWP’s recent call for ideas for in-work support on behalf of the London Employment and Skills Policy Network. Download the response here: LVSC response to DWP call for ideas for in-work support 22 March 2013 Key points: London’s job market is characterised by intense competition for low-paid entry-level jobs. Many of these [Read more]